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Title: Lanthanide stannate pyrochlores Ln{sub 2}Sn{sub 2}O{sub 7} (Ln = Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Er, Yb) nanocrystals: Synthesis, characterization, and photocatalytic properties

Highlights: • Ln{sub 2}Sn{sub 2}O{sub 7} (Ln = Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Er, Yb) are synthesized by hydrothermal method. • Light absorption edge shows red shift with decreasing Ln{sup 3+} radius from Nd{sup 3+} to Yb{sup 3+}. • Ln{sub 2}Sn{sub 2}O{sub 7} shows increasing photocatalytic activity with the decease of Ln{sup 3+} radius. • Electronic configuration reaches 4f{sup 14} under light irradiation may decrease photocatalytic activity. • Hydroxyl radicals are detected to be the major reactive species. - Abstract: A series of lanthanide stannate pyrochlores Ln{sub 2}Sn{sub 2}O{sub 7} (Ln = Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Er, Yb) nanocrystals have been successfully synthesized via a facile hydrothermal route. With the decrease of Ln{sup 3+} radius, the light absorption edge of the as-prepared Ln{sub 2}Sn{sub 2}O{sub 7} shows a red shift from Nd{sup 3+} to Yb{sup 3+}. Their photocatalytic activities are found to be improved with the decrease of Ln{sup 3+} radius. However, the photocatalytic activity of Yb{sub 2}Sn{sub 2}O{sub 7} is a little lower than Er{sub 2}Sn{sub 2}O{sub 7}, although the Yb{sup 3+} radius is smaller than Er{sup 3+}, which may be attributed to the full-filled electronic configuration (4f{sup 14}) of surface Yb{sup 2+} intermediates (formed by Yb{sup 3+} trapping amore » photo-excited electron). The crystallite size and surface area play the most important role in determining the activities. Furthermore, hydroxyl radicals are detected to be the major reactive species during the photo-degradation process. Our findings provide insights in the fabrication of highly efficient stannate photocatalysts, thus enlarging the family of photocatalysts available.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ; ;  [1] ;  [3] ;  [4] ;  [1]
  1. State Key Laboratory of Photocatalysis on Energy and Environment, Research Institute of Photocatalysis, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou 350002 (China)
  2. (China)
  3. Department of Chemistry and Institute of Environment, Energy and Sustainability, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong (China)
  4. School of Life Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong (China)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22420531
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Materials Research Bulletin; Journal Volume: 56; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2014 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE; ERBIUM COMPOUNDS; ERBIUM IONS; EUROPIUM COMPOUNDS; HYDROTHERMAL SYNTHESIS; HYDROXYL RADICALS; IRRADIATION; NANOSTRUCTURES; NEODYMIUM COMPOUNDS; NEODYMIUM IONS; PHOTOCATALYSIS; PYROCHLORE; STANNATES; SURFACES; TRAPPING; YTTERBIUM IONS; YTTRIUM COMPOUNDS